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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:42 am    KORG to Re-release ARP Odyssey Reply with quoteBack to top

Sounds like the ARP Odyssey may be back this year, wonder what a Korg/ARP logo/insignia will look like Smile

http://createdigitalmusic.com/2014/02/korg-re-release-arp-odyssey-time-machine-goes-1972/


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:45 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

I was waiting for this thread to pop up here.

How on earth could they hack into a white-face Odyssey...?

Dontcha toucha me Odyssey:

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One from the final batch of white ones, made in February/March 1974, telling from what was etched into the VCF module. Brought back to life and a joy to play.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:19 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

I think they're still pondering how to bring it up to date (MIDI, USB, etc) yet retain the looks and original analog (equivalent) electronics inside. Perhaps like Moog did with the Taurus 3, which is great.

A few years back switching through TV channels I came across some BBC radiophonic workshop documentary already half way through, a guy demonstrated how the Dr. Who original theme was composed, with one hand he played the Bass rhythmic rumble and with the other the whistling melody line on an ARP Odyssey, now the ARP use for the main melody line did not surprise me as any synth was able to produce a sinewave based whistle, but the the use of the Yamaha CS80 just for a simple bass line (which again could have been done with many other synths) was surprising:
on one hand it felt underutilised, on the other how versatile that synth really was. That's what the guys had in that studio and used it as they wanted Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:36 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Announcement by Korg and an image of the prototype.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:50 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Funny how the world goes around in circles...
The mentally unstable analogue was displaced by the crystal clear Digital synths cheaper to make, presets recall functions and countless sound synthesis methods/names.

When people got saturated by crystallin perfect sounds always in tune, some grunging up was devised with distorsion, tape saturation, clicks'n'pops, etc. to sound "natural".

Then all the boxes got "virtualised" inside computers, the new synths became studios/workstations and now we come full circle with analog done right Laughing

Even Roland announced the AIRA line for reintroducing emulations of their older stuff like TB-3=TB303 bass synth, TB-8=TB808 drum machine, the new VT-3 vocder will sport a LoFi effects, while the rumour machine mentions new Jupiter 8 & 8000...

The question then is if these new re-inventions will re-inspire Musicians as the original instruments did long ago, and even if it would the audience changed.
But, to Korg, Roland & Others that may give the old stuff in a new box a go.

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I for one do not get the whole debate as to whether or not to include USB, MIDI, patch memory and all that stuff. Perhaps a patch editor for your iPad because the Odyssey is too complex to understand for the average-minded buyer these days?

Analogue synthesisers are about playing. The beauty of analogue is, you will never find the same sound twice. That´s what makes it such fun -- and if you know your instrument by heart, you don´t need any type of convenient little helpers.

But that´s only me, of course. I might be wrong.

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« dronescape » wrote:
I for one do not get the whole debate as to whether or not to include USB, MIDI, patch memory and all that stuff. Perhaps a patch editor for your iPad because the Odyssey is too complex to understand for the average-minded buyer these days?

Analogue synthesisers are about playing. The beauty of analogue is, you will never find the same sound twice. That´s what makes it such fun -- and if you know your instrument by heart, you don´t need any type of convenient little helpers.

But that´s only me, of course. I might be wrong.

Stephen


Well, I agree that You not necessarily need the little helpers, for the fun...

Then again, if today we have more options, why not include them? Might still turn out useful one day.

To me personally it's the same, as I never will be able to afford a bigger synth anyway. But i definitely would love to get my hands on one, preferably the original...

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« BruecknerAmbient » wrote:
[...] Then again, if today we have more options, why not include them?


Why? The more options we have, the easier we get distracted from what is essential. "Limitations force you to be creative", if I may quote good old Eno again (and again).

And don´t forget, you mustn´t use the Sample and Hold or Mr. Mueller will sue you for plagiarism.

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« dronescape » wrote:
« BruecknerAmbient » wrote:
[...] Then again, if today we have more options, why not include them?


Why? The more options we have, the easier we get distracted from what is essential. "Limitations force you to be creative", if I may quote good old Eno again (and again).


Ah - Eno. Always good advice!

Well, not sure. Since a few month, I have this little live project with Mathias Brüssel - we usually meet once per month in his little studio under the roof and noodle along merrily. However, he's a music software programmer (among other things) and a little bit obsessed by getting everything MIDI synced; almost every time he has THE final solution how we can sync up all our different little devices. This usually goes on for an hour or two and doesn't really work, until I suggest to skip it for the given evening and just do some (unsynced) music before the time is up...

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Then again, one day we had my Blofeld, his laptop and a Korg Z1 synced up and it worked, and that was nice to have, too...

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And don´t forget, you mustn´t use the Sample and Hold or Mr. Mueller will sue you for plagiarism.

Stephen


A tempting idea - I really would like to get some reaction out of him, finally...

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 10:22 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

People still have trouble with sync? Blimey...
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People still have trouble with sync? Blimey...


I know - hard to believe, Paul. But Mathias is a specialist; he never fails to surprise me...

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:36 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

sync .... where is that good for??
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 5:03 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

The Odyssey even has Oscillator sync.

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and an LFO that restarts when you play a key, at least until a techie gets his hands on it. Smile
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« softroom » wrote:
and an LFO that restarts when you play a key, at least until a techie gets his hands on it. Smile


Does it? With what revision?

I´ve never noticed that.

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